Remember the childhood chant, “School’s out, school’s out, Teacher let the monkeys out”? Maybe you joined the sing-song chorus as you dashed away from the classroom on a beautiful day in late spring, eager to put learning behind you and just revel in summer’s freedom. But maybe you were like me, a child who loved […]
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What do you want to be when you grow up?” Adults always asked this in sugar-coated tones. Like, at seven years old, how should I know? And why did they want to know? I had some ideas, four of them: elevator operator, tight rope walker, movie star, a famous writer. Alas, by the time I […]
Last fall, I posted a SCN online course called “Writing About Your Mom without Guilt,” an offshoot from a workshop I conducted at the last SCN conference in Texas. Within days, I reached my maximum number of eight students. Len Leatherwood, online course coordinator, said, “Who knew there were so many women wanting to write […]
I could see my husband was depressed. I didn’t realize I was the source of his unhappiness. We were adjusting to the empty-nest phase of life as our recently-married daughters were increasing the family at a rate of six babies in five years. Hoping counseling would help, I faithfully met my husband at the counselor’s […]
“We’ve encountered three s’s that waylay writers on the way to writing their truths: secrets, silence and shame.” Linda Joy Myers, PhD and Brooke Warner, from their book, The Magic of Memoir This month of March 2021 I am teaching a memoir writing course on Zoom for SCN, ‘Would I, Could I, Should I Write […]
During a Book Event via Zoom for my novel-in-stories, Floating in the Neversink, one of the attendees asked me to recall the worst thing that happened professionally. What could I answer? Should I mention the rejection letter I received from a writing contest addressed to Miss Wilson, wondering if the real Miss Wilson received my […]